Deborah Bernard

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Deborah Bernard fell in love with books when she got her first library card. After she grew up and became a teacher, she shared her favorite picture books with her students no matter how grown up they were. Now she loves writing for kids so they can see the possibilities the world has to offer. She lives with her husband and her dog Remmy in Charleston, South Carolina. You can learn more about her at



BY Deborah Bernard • POSTED ON Nov. 5, 2019

A girl faces a classic dilemma—discovering a quiet place to read—in this debut picture book.

For red-haired, pale-skinned Loulou Brown, a rainy day is the perfect time to read. Unfortunately, a house full of siblings means her location options are limited. Jake is building a fort next to the window seat; Dylan is baking in the kitchen; Lilah is planning to play dress-up in the bedroom; and Thomas is practicing drums in the garage. Even the bathroom faucet drips. A trip to the library gives Loulou space, but the silence makes her wonder what’s happening at home, so she checks out the perfect books for each sibling—and for her own inspiration. While there’s no mention of how Loulou gets to and from the library, kids who adore books are sure to find her appealing. Her joy in choosing volumes for her siblings— and building relationships with them after being annoyed by their presence—offers a valuable lesson about sharing not only reading, but family time as well. Short, simple sentences make the story easily accessible to newly independent readers. Bernard’s invented books with clever titles for each sibling—Jake gets Ideas for Little Architects—are right on target and are deftly featured in the humorous, soft-edged illustrations. Brayer (Licky the Lizard, 2018, etc.) uses a bright palette, despite the dreary day, which helps bring the exuberant Loulou to life.

Young book lovers will recognize a kindred spirit in this lively tale.

Pub Date: Nov. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-64111-473-8

Page count: 28pp

Publisher: Palmetto Publishing Group

Review Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020



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Grandpa's Gift

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When Lyddie discovers a colony of honeybees building a hive under her tree house, she must find the bees a new home before her neighbor Mrs. McGill calls the exterminator. Lyddie rules over all the creatures in her backyard queendom, and in this warm and humorous picture book she champions the well-being of the honeybee.